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Obituary for Maxine Knowles Montgomery

Maxine Knowles Montgomery, age 97, was born on October 15, 1924 and died on March 12, 2022. She was a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas at the time of her death.  She was born in Wilmar, Arkansas to Jesse and Mamie Senn Knowles.

Upon graduation from Drew Central High School, Maxine completed business courses at Arkansas A & M, now the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and worked at the Pine Bluff Arsenal during World War II. In 1943 she enrolled in the United States Cadet Nurse Corps at the Robert B. Green School of Nursing in San Antonio, Texas. This program was created in 1943 to address a critical shortage of nurses during World War II. Maxine received her degree from the Robert B. Green School of Nursing in 1946 and worked for the following 18 years in hospitals in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Maryland. After working at the Health Center in Crossett, Arkansas for several years, Maxine moved to Dallas, Texas where she completed nurse anesthetist training at Baylor College of Medicine. Upon completion of her CRNA training, she worked at Warner Brown Hospital in El Dorado, Arkansas where she met and married her husband, Stewart R. Montgomery, in 1960. They briefly lived in Memphis, Tennessee before moving to Silver Spring, Maryland and then to Ashton, Maryland where they resided for 45 years. Maxine and Stewart traveled extensively and instilled in their nieces and nephews a desire to broaden their horizons through travel, also. She enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing, had a strong interest in genealogy, and was active in the Ashton United Methodist Church where she and her husband were members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 52 years; four sisters, Virginia Brown, Marguerite Williams, Katie Willis, and Emogene Harris; and one brother, Pharris Knowles. She is survived by five nieces, Jessie Boast (White Hall, Arkansas), Eulea Kiraly, (Monticello, Arkansas), Kathy Willis (Austin, Texas), Hope Jones (Mayflower, Arkansas), and Mollie Ward (Austin, Texas) and two nephews, Max Willis (San Antonio, Texas) and James Knowles (Wilmar, Arkansas) and a host of great nieces and nephews.

A graveside service at the Sixteenth Cemetery near her birthplace will be held at a later date.

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